Chesterfield Living July/August 2014
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Home design-er Vicki ONeil tells you how. See the story on page 55. CONTRIBUTORS Chesterfield LivingA PUBLICATION OFALL ARTICLES AND CONTENTS OF THIS MAGAZINE ARE NOT NECESSARILY THE OPINIONS OR THOUGHTS OF CHESTERFIELD LIVING MAGAZINE, ADVERTISING CONCEPTS, INC OR THE PUBLISHERPRESIDENT/PUBLISHERWilliam J. Davis, Jr.VICE-PRESIDENT/PUBLISHERCheryl T. DavisMANAGING EDITORAnnie TobeyASSISTANT EDITORSSteve Cook, Tammie WersingerCREATIVE DIRECTORJoseph WhartonGRAPHIC DESIGNERNora BollingerADVERTISING CONSULTANTSJared Davis, Ann Small, Ace Patel DISTRIBUTION MANAGERJustin WarnerPHOTOGRAPHERSTim Hill, Robert Thomas, Zach Wingold, Chris FridayCONTRIBUTORSAmy R. Connolly, Erin Pittman, Don Kappel, Max Heyworth, Davy Jones, Vicki ONeal, Jack Trammel, Jody Rathgeb, Joe Ziegengeist Chesterfield Living Magazine is published bimonthly by Advertising Concepts, Inc., 6301 Harbourside Drive, Suite 100 Midlothian, VA 23112 804-639-9994 RichmondNavigator.comFacebook.com/RichmondNavigatorEmail us: Info@RichmondNavigator.comAll rights reserved. Any reproduction in whole or in part of any text, photograph or illustra-tion without written permission from the publisher is prohibited.ROBERT THOMASA Richmond native (Hermitage High-Class of 65), Robert Thomass long career provid-ing photographic services to area residents began in what he calls the "Dark Ages (pre-digital). Proficient in all styles of photogra-phy, he is also an avid outdoorsman, serving on the Board of Directors of The Virginia Outdoors Writers Association, The Mason-Dixon Outdoor Writers Association, and The Fly Fishers of Virginia.JODY RATHGEBIn addition to writing for local publications, Jody Rathgeb contributes to magazines in the Turks and Caicos Islands, and several of her short stories have appeared in literary journals. Her novel, Fish-Eye Lens, has been published by Belle Isle Books. Her author website is JodyRathgeb.com.MAX HEYWORTHMax Heyworth is a marketing copywriter and a 2003 graduate of James Madison Uni-versity. When he's not in the office or cover-ing the Richmond sports beat for ACI, he enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter on their horse farm in Goochland. His passions include baseball, reading, good whisk(e)y and great conversation.ERIN PITTMANErin Pittman is a Richmond-based writer, editor and blogger and the mom to three awesome kiddos, ages seven, four and seven months. Her work, covering topics like par-enting, pets, seniors, special needs, personal finance and military life, has been featured in print and online. In her spare time (what is that?), she enjoys reading, family dance parties and playing ball with Wilson, her exuberant yellow Lab.10 Chester f ie ld L iv ingRichmondNavigator.com 11Ju ly/August 2014I VE KNOWN RICHMOND since before it was RVA. I was here when West End and South of the James had bumper sticker throw-downs. I recall Miller & Rhoads and Thalhimers, the Clover Room, and the Nickel Bridge when its name was accurate. I graduated from the Uni-versity of Richmond when only women lived on the Westhampton Col-lege side of the lake. Ive lived in the city, the West End, and Chesterfield.I havent lived here all of my life, nor have I always wanted to live here. In the last 10 years, however, Ive seen the region expand, mature, and blossom. Now Im proud to call the Richmond Region my home.In the past two years, Richmonders meaning all of us, not just those within the city limits have helped raise our area to national prominence. Thanks to objective measures and the passion of our people, Outside magazine named Richmond the Best River Town in 2012 and CraftBeer.com proclaimed Mekong Restaurant as Great American Beer Bar in the U.S. in 2012 and 2013. And Frommers named Richmond a must-see destination in the world for 2014, for our outstanding food, craft beer, outdoor scene, and history.As a writer, editor and proud Richmonder, theres no job Id rather have than one that allows me to celebrate the region, helping others appre-ciate it, too. As managing editor of the Richmond Navigator magazines, I look forward to meeting our readers and to making the magazines both a resource and a pleasure. I look forward to sharing stories of our creative, friendly and industrious people; of fascinating businesses that meet con-sumers needs and make life better; and of the amazing opportunities to eat, drink, relax, work, play, and be merry throughout the Richmond area. This month, we sample the areas great outdoor scene with a peek at local kayaking, especially for beginners. We remember two Richmond hangouts, as they used to be, and look at area restaurants and entertain-ment. We present a Richmonders guide to the Washington Redskins training camp, featuring Skins players with Richmond roots, a look at the Women of Washington (WOW) fan club, and information on mak-ing the most of the training camp. And we examine ways to make your home even more enjoyable and restful. Since even those who gladly call Richmond home sometimes get that itch to explore, we also present a monthly travel destination, cool Door County, Wisconsin, from a Rich-mond perspective.Like me, the entire staff at Richmond Navigator is proud of our city, so the pages of the magazine are never enough. Youll find more informa-tion at the RichmondNavigator.com web site: additional reader resources and calendar plus our River City Radio shows online, for weekly foodie entertainment and news.Make the journey with us, as Richmond continues to change and grow. Lets all enjoy our town for all its worth!Annie TobeyAnnie.Tobey@RichmondNavigator.comFROM THE EDITOR12 Chester f ie ld L iv ingLEAD-INWegmans Food Markets, Inc., based in Rochester, New York, is build-ing two stores in the Richmond area, including one in Stonehenge Village Shopping Center on Midlothian Turnpike, just east of Farnham Drive and less than one mile west of the Chesterfield Town Center. The store will be similar in size and design to other Virginia Weg-mans from 120,000 to 140,000 square feet and is projected to employ 550 to 600 people. Wegmans has been on Fortune magazines list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For for 17 consecutive years, ranking number 12 in 2014.Over the years, we have had countless requests to open a Wegmans store in the Richmond area, so we are delighted to f inally announce that were headed there, says Ralph Uttaro, Wegmans senior vice president of real estate. We look forward to the day when we can welcome customers to our stores and deliver on our promise of incredible customer service, the best ingredients, restaurant-quality prepared foods, and consistent low prices.The projected opening date is still pending.ALL PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE COURTESY OF WEGMANSWegmans Food Market Coming to Midlothian RichmondNavigator.com 13Ju ly/August 2014July 17-20IWLCA Capital Cup Lacrosse Tournament, Corrigan Sports EnterprisesThe ECNL Nike-soccer affiliated league hosts 52 teams of girls, 15 to 17 and 23 years old at the West Creek Soc-cer Complex, 12575 West Creek Pkwy., Richmond.CapitalCupLax.comAugust 6-92014 Eastern Zones Long Course Age Group Championship, aquaticsApproximately 1,200 male and female swimmers, ages 10 to 15 and 18 years old, are expected from East Coast states from Maine to Virginia. The event is officially sanctioned by USA Swimming. Competitive events include distances from 50 to 400 meters in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, and individual medleys. EasternZoneSwimming.orgBrew TwoChesterfield Court House has been awash in craft beer since Brew American Gastropub opened in 2013. Upscale pub fare was paired with a stellar selection of beers.Brews beer program was devel-oped by manager James Vance, who brought craft beer bar knowledge and experience to the restaurant. In addi-tion to choosing a rotating list of 30 taps and 50 bottled craft beers, Vance introduced the weekly beer school concept. This free class, offered every Saturday at 1 p.m., provides beer samples and information to custom-ers. The class grew quickly, often filling the restaurant.The Brew concept gave residents of southern Chesterfield a taste of indie dining and beverages. By late summer, residents of northern Chesterfield can feel the love. Brew owners Matt and Karen Verdiscoave are opening a second, larger location in the Bellgrade Shopping Center at 11400 W. Huguenot Rd.Vance will help to open the new location.PHOTO COURTESY OF RICHMOND REGION TOURISMWatch Youth Sports At Its BestTalented young athletes from around the country will be coming to the Richmond Region this summer, provid-ing local residents the opportunity to enjoy great sporting events and spot tomorrows stars. Youll be sharing the stands with college coaches, agents, and maybe even some of todays superstars.Richmond Region Tourism has increased efforts to position the area as a prime destination for amateur and youth sports, bringing activities to the area for local residents as well as tourism dollars.Catch lacrosse and swimming right in your own backyard. All events are free and open to the public:14 Chester f ie ld L iv ingCOMMUNITYchesterfieldfarmers marketsChesterfield County Farmers MarketChesterfield County Government Center Complex on Mimms Loop, ChesterfieldWednesdays, 3 to 6 p.m. through Sept. 10Sponsored by Chesterfield County, this market has partnered with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Vir-ginia Food System Council to offer shoppers a punch card reward program, available at the market. Local vendors include Waynes Produce, Old World Bread, Jims Mushrooms, Blackstone Herb Cottage, Ellis Farms, and Money Pit Acres Farm.facebook.com/CFitFarmersMarketWHEN IT COMES TO FINDING the freshest produce from local sources, the yummiest homemade treats, or the quirkiest handmade goods, theres no need to look any further than the Chesterfield area. With farmers markets exploding in popularity and the weather just perfect for some browsing and buying, now is the time to explore the markets. To make a market popular and to keep it going requires a good mix of vendors and it requires community support, says Bonnie Pega, co-manager of the Huguenot-Robious Farmers Mar-ket, and it requires managers who are passionate about supporting local farmers and artisans.By Amy R. ConnollyPHOTO COURTESY OF BONNIE PEGARichmondNavigator.com 15Ju ly/August 2014Huguenot-Robious Farmers Market2051 Huguenot Rd., RichmondTuesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. through OctoberThe Huguenot-Robious market, located in The Great Big Green-house parking lot, started six years ago to promote local businesses and local produce.We are a Virginia-owned business and wanted to promote other Virginia-owned businesses, and we wanted to bring fresh Virginia-grown produce and products to this area, Bonnie Pega says.There are 18 vendors with produce, meats, crafts and prepared goodies like Big Daddys BBQ & Ribs, de Rochonnet Delights Choco-latier and Mrs. Yoders Kitchen, which has fresh sourdough donuts. The donuts are warm and huge and delicious, Pega says.GreatBigGreenhouse.com/Farmers-Market.aspxBrandermill Green Market4900 Market Square Ln., MidlothianSaturdays, 9 a.m. to noon, through OctoberFor years, Brandermill plodded along at Sunday Park with a handful of vendors and a few regulars. Today, Brandermill has up to 25 vendors per week and an abundance of regulars. Jennifer Strader, market manager, said there are plenty of popular vendors, including Broadfork Farms, Real Country Sausage, Swift Creek Aromatics, and A Southern Lady Skincare.Hickory Knoll Nursery is very popular because they always have beautiful flowers at great prices, she says. I work very hard to keep a good balance of vendors and give everyone a chance at success.Brandermill.com/events/brandermill-green-market-0Midlothian Mines Farmers Market13849 Coalfield Commons Pl., MidlothianSaturdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 6Though small, the market has a diversity of fine local vendors of food and crafts, such as Walnut Hill Farm Produce, Barhams Seafood, Gelati Celesti Ice Cream, Mrs. Yoders Kitchen, Wandering Cow Farm, Marcia Germaine Portraits, and Real Country Sausage from Dockery Branch Farm.GrowRVA.com/midlothian-mines-farmers-market/Chester Farmers MarketChester Village Green, Village Green Drive and Centre Street, ChesterSaturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. through Oct. 26The small weekly market offers produce, crafts, live plants, and baked goods. Vendors include Chester Home Grown, Nitas Tastee Treats, and The Herbs of Happy Hill.ChesterFarmersMarket.com PHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDERMILL GREEN MARKETPHOTO COURTESY OF BRANDERMILL GREEN MARKET16 Chester f ie ld L iv ingRichmondNavigator.com 17Ju ly/August 2014OUTDOORSBy Don J. KappelStay Cool KayakingJames River Advisory CouncilJRAC-VA.org | 748-1567Chesterfield County Parks and RecreationGreg Velzy: email@example.com | 748-1124Henrico County Recreation and ParksCo.henrico.va.us/rec | 501-7275Hopewell MarinaHopewellVa.gov/recreation-and-parks/marina | 541-6417Riverside OutfittersRiversideOutfitters.net | 560-0068 RVA PaddlesportsRVAPaddleSports.com | 898-0697Kayaking ResourcesWHEN YOU LIVE in a metropolitan area where the hub is known as River City, you are literally missing the boat if you dont get out on the local waterways. Metro Richmond offers great sites for boating, includ-ing flatwater and whitewater solo outings, group trips, camping trips, fish-ing and more. Increasingly, individuals and families are finding that kayak-ing is a great way to stay cool.Your kayaking options include the James and Appomattox rivers and Chesterfield Countys Lake Chesdin and Swift Creek Lake at Pocahontas State Park, to name a few. You can enjoy tranquility or a rush of excitement, depending on your kayaking preferences. The James River Advisory Council unites the communities that share the James River. The councils website provides a calendar of activities conducted throughout the year and lists many kayaking events for children and adults as well as information about history, art, camps, volunteer opportunities and more along the historic James River.This summer, between July 15 and Sept. 10, various scheduled kayaking programs will offer outdoor fun to paddlers ages 7 and older, depending on the specific event. There is no maximum age limit. Whitewater Kayak Play Days will take place at the Pony Pasture rapids on Wednesday, Aug. 13 and again on Wednesday, Sept. 10, for those 13 and older. LESSONS. Here in Central Virginia, the climate is conducive to kayaking at least three seasons of the year. In the winter, the Midlothian YMCA is used by the Chesterfield Parks and Recreation Department for kayak training. As with any activity on the water, kayaking requires preparation and the correct equipment. Most of all, it requires the right attitude when it comes to staying safe. Safety is just paramount in the water, says Chesterfield Countys adventure programmer, Greg Velzy, who has been canoeing and kayaking for more than 35 years and has been a whitewater kayaking instructor for nearly 25 years. One of the things he teaches his students is how to read the river, he says. He knows the rocks, the currents, the fast water and the eddies, and imparts that knowledge to his kayaking students. The minimum age for Chesterfield Countys flatwater classes is 11, and 13 for whitewater classes.Richmond resident Shannon Carr, a French teacher at Chesterfield Countys L.C. Bird High School, was enjoying the whitewater kayaking at Pony Pasture on the James River in May with a group of Velzys other kay-akers. She has been kayaking with Chesterfield Countys organized groups for nearly three years. They do a really good job of going through every possible scenario you can encounter as a new boater, she says. Henrico Countys Department of Recreation and Parks also offers kayaking lessons.RENTALS. If you dont have a convenient place to store a kayak or just prefer not to purchase one of your own, you can rent one at one of the areas outfitters. Riverside Outfitters Outpost at Browns Island rents single and tandem sit-on-top kayaks from 11 a.m. until to 6 p.m., seven days a week, during the summer months. Or visit Riverside Outfitters at 6836 Old Westham Rd. in Richmond. They also offer guided flatwater or Class 1 and 2 whitewater trips. ON THE OTHER RIVERThe Hopewell Marina has recently upgraded its facilities on the Appomattox River. It offers a new kayak/canoe launch ramp that makes put-in and take-out easy. There is no fee to launch or recover these small boats. This area provides flatwater paddling.Central Virginias summers can be hot! On flatwater or whitewater, on the James, Lake Chesdin, Swift Creek Lake or the Appomattox, its easy to stay cool and to have fun. Lets meet on the water!18 Chester f ie ld L iv ingArgentCU.org(804) 748-9488National Mortgage Licensing #421982.We Do Home Loans!HOME LOANS3%As little as DownApply Today! Quick application process Fast approval Low rates Affordable paymentsRichmondNavigator.com 19Ju ly/August 2014A FEW SHORT YEARS AGO I found myself exploring what has been called behavioral finance, that newly created science of how in-vestors approach the investment process armed with those deadly emo-tions of fear and greed. As behavioral finance suggests, if you approach investing for financial independence in retirement without considering the effects of these emotions, you are doomed to failure.Trying to better understand what motivates people has become a cor-nerstone to my practice. Ive learned to embrace a very important principle: people dont care how much you know until they know how much you care. How profound is that? You might have all the book sense in the world, but what is the point of applying your technical skills to a clients situa-tion while you still have an incomplete human understanding of their core beliefs and needs?I would like to think that Ive gained a lot of knowledge about finances and investing over the decades Ive been doing this, such that Im able to guide my clients to the place they most wish to visit. As part of the process, I have learned that the value of my advice will improve in direct proportion to the knowledge I have about the clients themselves.I have just been introduced to a growing body of research that is being developed at the MIT Agelab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Part of the focus is working with businesses and governments to improve the lives of older adults and those who care for them. They intend to develop a systems approach to invent life tomorrow for people 45 and over, including innovations in transportation, lon-gevity planning, health and well-being, and home services.As part of the MIT Agelab study, they have developed three simple questions that you need to ask yourself to assess how prepared you are to live well in retirement: 1) who will change my light bulbs, 2) how will I get an ice cream cone, and 3) who will I have lunch with?Seems really simple, doesnt it, but the an-swers have profound implications. For me as an advisor, understanding what is most important in my clients lives can then, and only then, be-gin to help me help them. If you are part of that sandwich generation, with children still at home and taking care of aging parents, all of this will be important to your life as well as caring for them today.By G. Carl Mahler Jr.Life PlanningThe Pinnacle GroupAn Independent Wea l th Management Fir mYour Wealth .Your Life. Our Focu s.374 8 W i n ter f ield Road( 8 0 4 ) 378 - 1624P i n n acleGrou p . netG. Carl Mahler, Jr. is a Cer-tif ied Financial Planner. Securities of fered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINR A/SIPC. Any opinions are those of G. Carl Mahler, Jr. and not necessarily those of RJFS or Raymond James. The information has been obtained from sources considered to be reliable, but we do not g uarantee that the foregoing material is accurate or complete.Like us on Facebook to receive daily f inancial information on your newsfeed.Search: The Pinnacle Group, An Independent Wealth Manage-ment Firm, RJ FS.FINANCE20 Chester f ie ld L iv ingSummer Fun from Cottage Lane!Sycamore Square Shopping Center, Midlothian, VA(804) 379-5263 | CottageLaneHomeAndGarden.comRichmondNavigator.com 21Ju ly/August 2014BY NOW, you have probably heard many of the benefits of the ancient medicinal tea first consumed by the Chinese more than 4,000 years ago. However, did you know that researchers have shown it can help diminish bad breath?A recent study showed the polyphenols contained in green tea can stop the production of volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs). These com-pounds may be some of the primary causes of why your spouse wont kiss you in the morning.VSCs arise from bacteria in your mouth eating whatever you are eat-ing or whatever you ate a few hours ago, or last night before you went to bed and forgot to brush. The process literally putrefies your saliva, breaking proteins down into hydrogen sulphide (rotting egg smell) and methyl mercaptan (rotting cabbage smell). Ewww!Great, so no more toothpaste for me, right? Wrong. Toothpaste shows similar but slightly reduced VSC prevention. It makes up in this deficiency by lasting longer. Where green tea only freshens your breath for about an hour, toothpaste can diminish VSC production up to three hours.Further, toothpaste delivers fluoride to your teeth, which is para-mount in cavity prevention. So whats the take-home message? Try re-placing your afternoon coffee break with some green tea and have as By Peter B. Appleby, D.D.S.More Good News About Green Tea!many cups as you like. That, along with reg-ular flossing, brushing, and dental checkups, should help keep those pesky (and putrid!) VSCs at bay.Dr. Pete Appleby is a Virginia native who graduated with distinction from University of Virginia before receiving his DDS from the Medical Col-lege of Virginia at VCU. Af ter graduating, he continued his studies, completing a rigor-ous certif icate program in Advanced General Dentistry at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2011. This advanced training covered all aspects of family, cosmetic, and implant dentistry.Dr. Appleby is able to bring his patients the most current techniques in dental treatment, from cleanings and cavities to complex full-mouth rehabilitations. Dr. Appleby prides himself not only on the quality of his care, but on establishing open and honest communication with his patients. I intend to be your dentist for life! In his free time, Pete enjoys golf, music, rock climbing, and taking care of his pet chameleon, Leon.HEALTH22 Chester f ie ld L iv ing22 West End 's Bes tAll Photos Courtesy of the Washington RedskinsRight: Robert Griffin III, QuarterbackJu ly/August 2014THERES SOMETHING ABOUT Richmond in late July that makes you forget about the heat and enjoy the summer. For some, its the communal fondness for outdoor activities. For others, its an appreciation for the combined splendor of craft beer and grilling. And for many, its the River Citys growing profes-sional sports landscape. In years past, this largely meant evenings watching baseball at The Diamond, where the Flying Squirrels continue the legacy of Richmond teams and organizations that this city has for so long held so dear. Then came 2013, and the arrival of a team whose fan base has long since entrenched itself within the Richmond region. Its a team that spans generations of fathers and sons, mothers and daugh-ters, friends and foes alike, a team that unites not only a divided state (looking at you, NoVA) but an entire region. Its an organization that continually touches the lives of football-crazed individuals, young and old alike, a franchise that stands on the shoulders of giants, like Sonny Jurgensen and Joe Gibbs, whose legacy is carried by ascendant stars like Robert Griffin III and Pierre Garon. But above all, its a community of loyal (and patient) fans who share just as much in this storied dynasty. Im talking about, of course, the Washington Redskins.South of The Diamond, nestled just off of West Broad Street, you will find the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Cen-ter, now the teams official training camp. The move to the Richmond facility was a decidedly new concept for an organization that hadnt trained away from its team headquarters in Ashburn, Virginia, since 2002. It was an equally new experience for the fans, who, at the time of the facilitys construction last year, had just celebrated a 2012 season in which their famed rookie quarterback led their beloved Redskins to a 10-6 record and first NFC East division title since 1999. The Redskins hoped that Richmond would provide an atmosphere that was consistent with what they had come to expect from their ever-dedicated fan base, and the city didnt disappoint.This year, even more new and exciting aspects will be attracting Redskins fans from all over to Richmond. The team signed a slew of free agents in the 2014 offseason to bolster the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Wide receivers Andre Roberts (Arizona) and DeSean Jackson (Philadelphia) bring a combination of speed and athleticism to Washing-ton that hasnt been seen since the days of Art Monk and Ricky Sanders. On defense, the Redskins created depth at their pass rush positions with the additions of defensive end Jason Hatcher (Dallas) and rookie linebacker Trent Murphy (Stanford University), the teams top pick in this past Mays NFL draft. Most importantly, the Redskins added a new head coach River CityRedskinsBy Joe Ziegengeist RichmondNavigator.com 23to lead the team in 2014 and be-yond. Jay Gruden, former UFL head coach and Cincinnati Bengals offen-sive coordinator, brings a wealth of experience and football knowledge to Washingtons most critical coach-ing position.Of course, plenty of familiar faces will be returning to RVA this year. Redskins linebacker Ryan Kerrigan will be entering his fourth training camp with the team. Kerrigan was among the players last year who made the transition to the new Richmond facility. I really enjoyed it. I thought it was really well run. As far as trans-portation from the facility, it was really functional and really nice, so I thought the whole thing was a very smooth operation, Kerrigan explains. I mean, not that Ashburn wasnt, but I think especially for it being the first year, things were really well run.Alfred Morris was another familiar and popular face at training camp last year. Morris, a sixth-round draft pick in 2012, burst on to the scene in his first year and hasnt slowed yet. The third-year running back will enter this season having already amassed over 2,800 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. Morriss humble personality and trademark smile are among the traits that make him a fan favorite, which may have hindered his Richmond experience a bit last year. I didnt get out much. You cant go too far without people bombarding you, Morris recalls. We did go to this one sushi place.Redskins fans are often especially proud of players with local ties. This year, the Redskins have several play-ers who call Virginia home, includ-ing 2014 third-round offensive tackle Morgan Moses, cornerback Deangelo Hall (Chesapeake), and linebacker Akeem Jordan (Harrisonburg). Moses was drafted out of the University of Virginia and calls Richmond his hometown, creating a unique nuance to his first NFL train-ing camp experience. Just being able to have your hometown behind you, just to be able to have familiar faces to support you around while youre making this big transition through your life, its something that I have and its a blessing. What does Moses like most about Richmond? You know you can always find some good soul food cooking down there, so Im going to try to stay away from that when Im in training camp. Former Kansas City Chief Akeem Jordan, a Virginia native and eight-year NFL veteran, played college football for James Madison University and is happy to finally be playing for the home team this year. Everybody from my home-town, this is their team. I mean, you get so much love just going back home.There is never a shortage of storylines heading into training camp. The main headline will be the development of third-year quarterback and superstar Robert Griffin III. After the Redskins traded up in 2012 for the rights to draft Griffin, he found immediate success, throwing and running his way to Rookie of the Year honors. The success would be short-lived, however, as Griffin suffered his second major knee injury in three years during the seasons home playoff loss to Seattle. The following year, Griffin still felt the ill-effects of his injury, and the team stumbled to a 3-13 record. This year, Griffin is fully healed and expected to be in top form for camp here in Richmond. Fans will witness firsthand how Griffin adapts to his new head coachs offense and how well he can utilize the highly talented offensive playmakers around him. Its an important year for Robert Griffin III, and training camp is a key piece in his preparation for it.The Washington Redskins are certainly excited to open their second year of Training Camp at the Bon Secours Training Center in Richmond. Fans can look forward to all new experiences, including new local home-grown influences on the team and even a visit from the New England Patriots. Redskins President and General Manager Bruce Allen has been instrumental in creating this experience, not only for the players, but for the fans as well. It is wonderful to be back here, says Allen. This was a great experience for our football team last year, and in many ways we learned what we can do even better for the future. 24 Chester f ie ld L iv ingLeft: Deangelo Hall, CornerbackLeft: Morgan Moses, Offensive TackleMiddle: Ryan Kerrigan, Outside LinebackerTHESE WOMEN put an extra WOW in football.With more than 76,000 members more than 10,000 of them in the Richmond area the Women of Washington (WOW) are Washington Redskins fans with fervor. They live and breathe the Skins. As the official womens fan club, WOW is aimed at energizing the fe-male fans in both the teams home around Washington, D.C. and at the Bon Secours Training Camp in Richmond.Once it was announced the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Train-ing Facility would become the new home of Redskins Training Camp in Richmond, we began looking for opportunities to connect with fans in the area, says Carlyle Abbott, WOW spokeswoman.When WOW first started, it was strictly for the team wives, mothers and girlfriends. In 2011, Tanya Snyder, the Redskins owners wife, changed it all. With women representing 44 percent of the fan base, organizers knew they needed to create an outreach that would allow women to connect with the team and each other.Snyder relaunched WOW as the teams official womens club, with a dedicated website, year-round events and social media pages. From the beginning, WOW has been focused on engaging female fans and creating touch points for women to engage with the team outside of FedExField on game days, Abbott says. Engage it has. For some fans, its more like the best gift ever.Carol Balderson, of Richmond, became a member almost two years ago. Being part of it makes her feel like she has special privileges. Its easier to ask what WOW hasnt done for me, Balderson, 23, says. WOW makes me almost feel as though I am a part of a unique club with the most amazing benefits. WOW has provided me with new friends, last-ing memories, and a whole lot of autographs.The same goes for Shawnita Marshall, who lives in Sterling, Virginia. Marshall, 39, is thrilled to show her burgundy and gold whenever she can. Marshall says WOW has given her opportunities that she wouldnt typically have, including getting to meet players, both current and former. Shes met Redskins owner Dan Snyder and his wife. Shes also made some good friends from WOW.As long as there is WOW, I will be a member. I am very proud to be a part of WOW and some have stated that I am the face of WOW, Marshall laughs, pointing out a smiling picture of her and quarterback Robert Grif-fin III at a practice. In the coming weeks, organizers hope to have a WOW get-together called Ladies Night Out: Richmond Edition, complete with football drills, Redskins alumni appearances and a Skins photo booth, among other things. There will also be VIP days at the training camp, with VIP tents set up for the WOW members to give them a better view of training. WOW also hosts a Women in Sports Leadership series, with discussion panels and networking events. Organizers hope to have at least one such event in the Richmond area during training camp. Even when the Redskins team members move back to Washington for the start of the regular season, local WOW members will have a chance to connect on social media. For Marshall, any bit of Redskins is good.I have also been able to build great friendships with other WOW mem-bers, she says, and these friendships have continued outside of WOW. Local Women Say WOW to the RedskinsBy Amy R. ConnollyFOR MORE INFORMATION:WOWRedskins.comFacebook.com/WOWRedskinsTwitter and Instagram: @WOWRedskinsRichmondNavigator.com 25Ju ly/August 2014Right: Robert Griffin III, QuarterbackFOOTBALL WITHDRAWAL PAINS begin as soon as Super Bowl fervor dies down, creating a lingering void from February through September. Begin-ning on July 24, that void can be filled in Richmond by watching professional football players live, in person, practicing their moves and holding court for eager fans. Better yet, the pre-season fix is absolutely free and open to the public.The Washington Redskins brought their annual training camp to Richmond in 2013, hosting over 160,000 fans. This year, the Skins return, inviting the New England Patriots to town for three days of joint practice. Scheduled for July 24 through August 11, the camp includes nine days of practices and walkthroughs, each session lasting approximately one to two hours, with players signing autographs and posing for photographs afterwards. Practices feature 11-on-11, full-contact drills with pads and helmets, while walkthroughs are relatively sedate.Special activities include Fan Appreciation Day on August 2 and the Redskins FitFest health and wellness expo at the Richmond Convention Center August 2 and 3. The expo will include player appearances and autograph sessions.Joint practice with the New England Patriots is scheduled for August 4 to 6.Local food vendors will be available outside and inside camp gates, including Croakers Spot, Big Herms Kitchen and King of Pops. DATES TIMESThursday, July 24 Monday, July 288:35 a.m., practice 4:10 p.m., walkthrough of the next days practiceTuesday, July 29 No practice. Camp closed.Wednesday, July 30 Friday, Aug. 18:35 a.m., practice 4:10 p.m., walkthroughSaturday, Aug. 2Noon, Fan Appreciation DayRedskins FitFest, Richmond Convention CenterSunday, Aug. 3No practice. Camp closed.Redskins FitFest, Richmond Convention CenterMonday, Aug. 48:35 a.m., practice with the New England Patriots4:10 p.m., walkthrough with the New England PatriotsTuesday, Aug. 5 1:35 p.m., practice with the New England PatriotsWednesday, Aug. 6 8:35 a.m., practice with the New England PatriotsThursday, Aug. 7* Friday, Aug. 8 Camp closed.Saturday, Aug. 9 2 p.m., practice Sunday, Aug. 10 Monday, Aug. 11 8:35 a.m., practice 4:10 p.m., walkthrough19 Days of Redskins, 346 Days of RichmondContribute to the Rest of the YearTHE WASHINGTON REDSKINS training camp days are a summer treat for the Richmond Region, providing professional football entertainment and bringing visitors and their pocketbooks. Because of the Bon Secours Training Center, though, the benefits extend throughout the year. The Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center consists of two natural grass football fields and state-of-the-art facilities, available to the community when camp is not in session. The facility serves as a sports medicine rehabilitation and mens health center, offers mens health, fitness and education programs, and hosts a youth activity center and the Movin Mania Healthy Kids Initiative. Sports medicine specialists at the center focus on the general, nonsurgical needs of active people, including athletes as well as those who simply want to become or stay active. The fields are available for the community, too, for youth programming, tournaments and other uses.Through the Buy-a-Brick program, you or your business can contribute to the mission of the training facility. Bricks, granite pavers, and benches will be prominently displayed in the Redskins fan zone and along the 100-yard walkway to the building. You also have the option to purchase a replica brick to keep and display. Buy your brick at redskinsrva.bonsecours.com/buy-a-brick.Rally Around the Redskins in Richmond: Washington Redskins Training Camp* Preseason Game vs. Patriots at FedExField in Maryland, 7:30 p.m.2014 Training Camp ScheduleHELPFULDETAILS:Gates open at 8 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. Take lawn chairs or blankets. Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center is located at 2401 West Leigh St., Richmond.Dates and times are sub-ject to change. Visit red-skins.com/trainingcamp for updated information, parking lots and shuttles, and registration for your free Redskins training camp passes. 26 Chester f ie ld L iv ingRichmondNavigator.com 27Ju ly/August 2014Taste and pair extra virgin olive oils and aged balsamic vinegarsTuscan olive oil is not just for dipping. It makes a great steak or chops marinade. Or try our Persian lime olive oil for your seafood. Splash on some coconut balsamic for your grilled coconut shrimp and now it doesnt have to be breaded.try some of our pairings: Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic + Rosemary Olive Oil or New Wild Fern Leaf Dill Olive OilAt the Shoppes at Bellgrade11400 West Huguenot Rd. Ste. 116Midlothian, VA 23113 804.897.6464In Short Pump at Ste. 607200 Towne Center W. Blvd.(behind Ethan Allen near Rt. 288)804.360.7929RichmondNavigator.com 28Ju ly/August 2014IN SEARCH OF HOT DOGS p.30 EAT DINNER IN THE FIELD p.33 SPOTLIGHTSMEXICO RESTAURANTPart of the community for 23 years, Mexico Restaurant offers a great menu selection with something for everyone in your family. Using the freshest ingredients to cook your favorites.12031 Southshore Pointe Rd.804-763-5640Mexico-Restaurant.comSEDONA TAPHOUSEOffering over 500 beers from over 40 countries, Sedona Tap-house has the largest craft beer selection in the state. Enjoy a brew with live music offered free three times a week.15732 WC Main Street804-379-0037SedonaTaphouse.comPALERMOPalermo's kitchen offers your family a taste of old Sicily. Ex-plore their fine menu of soups, salads, pastas and seafood, or simply enjoy one of their tradi-tional pizza pies.15717 City View Dr. 804-378-7643DineAtPalermo.comRUTHS CHRISSTEAK HOUSEPart of the community for Featuring expertly prepared USDA Prime steaks served sizzling on a 500 degree plate and an aweard-winning wine list, Ruths Chris is the perfect spot for your next date night or business metting.The Shoppes at Bellgrade804-378-0600RuthsChris.comRichmondNavigator.com 29Ju ly/August 2014 TASTEBUDZ WITH JOEY AND STEVE p.37 CALENDAR OF EVENTS p.38BACON-WRAPPED MONKEY DOG BRASS MONKEYS BAR This meaty mouthful is made with a 100 percent Angus beef, half-pound footlong hog dog wrapped in bacon and served with your choice of toppings and French fries. This Monkey dog has become one of Brass Monkeys main staples that is made to be different and unique, yet very filling. Healthy alternative: Veggie Monkeydilla tortilla 12211 Jefferson Davis Hwy. | 804-715-4699 | BrassMonkeysBar.com FLIP THE PAGE TO FIND MORE GREAT HOT DOGSFLAVORYOUR DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT SOURCEPHOTO BY CHRIS FRIDAY30 Chester f ie ld L iv ingIn Search of Hot DogsFLAVOR in search ofHOT DOG PLATTER SPORTSPAGE BAR & GRILLEThis hefty platter comes with two all-beef hog dogs loaded with homemade chili, mixed cheeses, and red onions and served with signature tater tots. Best enjoyed catching the action on one of the many Sportspage TV monitors.Healthy alternative: Veggie wrap14245 Midlothian Tpk. | 804-379-1844 | SportspageBarAndGrille.comCHICAGO-STYLE HOT DOG GLORY DAYS GRILLGlory Days is an American grill that likes to serve poplar American dishes, like the multi-topping hot dog that originated in Chicago, Illinois. Nathans Famous all-beef hot dog is topped with sliced tomato, mustard, celery seeds, chopped pickles, onions, hot peppers, and genuine Chicago-style neon relish, served on a grilled split-top bun with choice of side dish.Healthy alternative: Morningstar veggie burger6151 Harbourside Ctr. Loop | 804-608-8350 | GloryDaysGrill.comRichmondNavigator.com 31Ju ly/August 2014SANTA FE DOG & THE ORIGINAL CHICAGO VIENNA BEEF DOG CITY DOGSThe choices at City Dogs take you all over the map, like the Boston, Miami, and Houston dogs. The Original Chicago Vienna Beef Dog (right) is topped with with mustard, onions, relish, dill pickle, tomato slices, and peppers served on a poppy seed bun; and the Santa Fe Dog (left) with homemade salsa, cheese, jalapeos, guacamole and tortilla chips.Healthy alternative: Substitute a soy dogDowntown: 1309 W. Main St. | 804-359-3647 Shockoe Slip: 1316 E. Cary St. | 804-343-3647WORLD FAMOUS CHILI, MUSTARD ONION DOG MELITOSFamily tradition runs deep at Melitos, where the hot dog is a trademark but handmade, fresh home recipes using locally grown products is their M.O. Their World Famous Chili, Mustard Onion Dog was developed by the Melitos in the 1930s in Suffolk, Virginia. The beef hot dog is served on a steamed bun with handmade hot dog chili, a family-secret house mustard, and sweet chopped onions. Healthy alternative: Ask your server whats fresh, healthy and new for the day!8815 Three Chopt Rd. | 804-285-1899 | Facebook.com/MelitosRestaurantPHOTOS ON THIS PAGE BY ZACH WINGOLD32 Chester f ie ld L iv ingFresh Family Funwww.mexico-restaurant.comLocal Family Owned & OperatedPatio Open at All Locations!* banquet and meeting rooms availableA Richmond Tradition for 24 Years!7162 Mechanicsville Tnpk.Mechanicsville804-559-8126 *5213 Williamsburg Rd.SandstonSandston804-226-23887001 Forest Hill Ave.Richmond804-320-1069*12031 Southshore Pointe Dr.Midlothian, VA804-763-5640 *11621 W. Broad St.(Short Pump) Richmond(Short Pump) Richmond804-360-94464040 G. Cox Rd.(Innsbrook) Glen Allen804-290-0400*Eat Dinner in the FieldBY ANNIE TOBEY | PHOTOS COURTESY OF MIKE TOPHAM PHOTOGRAPHYFLAVOR spotlightChef Paige Healy was so inspired during her culinary studies in southern Italy last year that she decided to bring some of Italy back to the States with her: a fianc and Italian-style dining.When she was welcomed into her boyfriend Gregorios big Italian family, she fell in love with the rustic-style cooking and the family meals in the garden. That welcoming style and atmosphere combining family, friends, and great food is what I now believe is required to make any meal amazing, she says.As chef for The Boathouse, Paige is introducing the southern European din-ing experience to Richmond as an ongoing event, Dinner in the Field, Fridays and Saturdays during the summer. RichmondNavigator.com 33Ju ly/August 201434 Chester f ie ld L iv ingChef Paige HealyDiners enjoy Dinner in the Field at Victory FarmsShes partnering with Charlie Collins of Victory Farms.We farmed up in Hanover until a couple of years ago, Charlie says, and we realized we needed to be closer to our customers. We wanted them to come out and experience what they were eating at the farmers markets. We wanted them to do that in person and to feel like the farm was theirs. We needed to get closer, so we bought this farm in Varina. Indeed, though in a rural setting, the farm is just a few miles from The Boathouse at Rocketts Landing and from downtown Richmond. We set up a farm and wanted to make it as visitor friendly and cus-tomer friendly as possible," Charlie adds. "This has been a long dream of ours, to be close to the people who are eating the food. At Victory Farm, Charlies and Paiges dreams converge between the tomatoes and the basil, on a long cloth-covered table, where guests enjoy the feel of open air, the scent of growing plants, the taste of fine dining with fresh vegetables and herbs and fine wine, and the company of other diners. Paige narrates the dinner, sharing with guests the Italian ways and terms and fresh ingredients, and touring with guests around the garden.She even engages guests in harvesting fresh herbs for the next course.In Italy, they never moved away from farm-to-table cuisine. Italian food is whats fresh off the vine, Paige explains. Though the menu will change according to whats in season, the ingredients will always be the best of Victory Farms. The recipes will always have an Italian influence, from the Italian Culinary Institute and from Gregorios family recipes, passed down from generation to generation. Dining in the garden, enjoying produce fresh from the garden, pre-pared in rustic Italian style, surrounded by family and friends. Its a great combination and one that is really unique to the area, fresh from Italy, Paige says.The dinners will be held most Fridays and Saturdays during the summer. For more information, visit DinnerInTheField.com or call 804-744 2545.RichmondNavigator.com 35Ju ly/August 201436 Chester f ie ld L iv ingJOEY: Ian Kelly is also on the move again. When he first opened his Sugar Shack (1001 N. Lombardy), I waited in line to try one of his doughnuts. I was astounded. It was worth the wait. Well, heres something else that is going to be worth wait-ing for. Ians bought the old Lighthouse Diner in Manchester (1228 Hull St.). That property has been, for the most part, vacant since 1969. In addition to using the space to house his catering and mobile operations, he plans to reopen the diner. So, if you need that little extra morning fix, besides coffee and a doughnut, youll also be able to get baked goods, biscuits, waffles, and pancakes.STEVE: I broke my dieting rules twice in the past few days, all in the name of research, of course. First, I paid my first visit to Sugar Shack. Its not just worth the wait, its also worth the weight. But I also discovered another bakery that might not get as much publicity as Sugar Shack, but one which I think is quite fantastic in its own right. Its WPA (2707 E. Marshall in Church Hill, WPABakery.com). Co-owner David Rohrer says the initials stand for Well-made Pastry Alliance, but its also a play on Franklin Roosevelts Work Progress Administration. Now, get the tie-in to FDR: Rohrers partner in the bakery is Kendra Feather, who also owns The Roosevelt restaurant in Church Hill. Some of Rohrers delicacies are available at The Roosevelt as well as at Feathers other River City culinary ventures, Ipanema Caf and Garnetts Caf.Id heartily recommend the caneles. I could have eaten a dozen. WPA offers a vast array of buns, cakes, and pies. Oh yeah, and coffee, too.That does it for now, but dont forget to join Joey and me each Thursday at noon on The Flave (102.9 FM). You can also listen to past shows, anytime you want, at RichmondNavigator.com.STEVE: While Joey and I have different tastes and often fre-quent different restaurants, there are many things about the citys culinary scene on which we agree. One thing we have in com-mon (along with Annie Tobey, our managing editor and co-host of The Flave Radio show) is our appreciation for the emerging craft beers being produced in and around Richmond. So you can imagine our excitement as regards the upcoming National Beer Expo. Alex Papajohn of Variant Events, the executive producer of the expo, says, The National Beer Expo ushers in a new era in the craft beer event space. [Craft beer] requires an event fo-cused on high quality experiences allowing participants to enjoy and learn about fine craft beer but free from the crush of large crowds, loud music, bad weather, and lousy food. Until now, a craft beer event of this type did not exist.Come July 15 through the 20, Richmond will play host to just such an event. Really, its a series of events. The biggest beer-and-foodie event is CRAFT (July 17), presented by Rich-mond Magazine and Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. Papajohn says, This is your chance to get up close and personal with chefs and brewers at this exquisite farm-to-table craft beer and food pairing experience at the Virginia War Memorial. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to Nation-alBeerExpo.com/Schedule and select CRAFT. You need to get a look at the A-list of chefs who will be participating. This is one event that I do not want to miss.Oh, and speaking of Annie (who hosts our Breezes and Drafts craft beer segment on The Flave), ever since Matt and Karen Verdiscoave opened their Brew American Gastropub in Chester, about a year ago, Annie has been raving about the place. Now, she can double her excitement, with news that a second location is in the works. The new Brew, which will be opening in the Shoppes at Bellgrade (11400 W. Huguenot Rd.), will be considerably larger than the original location, as will their already-impressive beer menu. With Joey & StevetASTEBUDZtastebudz- R IC H MON D F O ODI E S -Got Restaurant News? Drop Us A Line!RiverCityLiveRadio@Gmail.comRichmondNavigator.comRichmondNavigator.com 37Ju ly/August 201438 Chester f ie ld L iv ingAugust 10Watermelon FestivalCarytownWith 60 musicians, over 100 exhibitors, one of the largest kids areas of any festival on the east coast and all of the great Carytown style, the Carytown Watermelon Festival presented by Martins has become the largest one day festival in the state of Virginia. CarytownRVA.comView our full event calendar online at RichmondNavigator.com.July 20Henricus Adopt-A-Garden WeekendHenricus Historical ParkCome out and learn about colonial horticulture and methodologies. Gardens include the Virginia Indian garden, English officers garden, English soldiers garden, plantation garden and garden at Mt. Malady. Henricus.orgAugust 17Salted Dog Blues, Route 64 and B2BWestchester CommonsAs part of their concert series, Westchester Commons presents an afternoon of music and a Sedona Beer Fest. Donations go toward ARA Parseghian Medical Research Foundation. Westchester-Commons.netAugust 22-30Chesterfield County FairChesterfield FairgroundsThis year marks the 101st anniversary of the Chesterfield fair. Music, pageants, parades and vendors are just some of the attractions.ChesterfieldCountyFair.orgAugust 9-10Richmond Jazz FestivalMaymontAs one of the largest music festivals on the East Coast, the 5th Annual Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont has quickly become one of the citys biggest attractions. Every year, the festival boasts a lineup of top Grammy Award-winning, international and national jazz talents. Along with musical performances, weekend activities include wine tastings, chef demonstrations, artist meet and greets, and a huge marketplace of food and merchandise vendors.JazzAtMaymont.comAugust 1-2Dark Star OrchestraPocahontas State ParkWith special guests The Weight and The Bridge, Pocahontas State Park presents Dark Star Orchestra, continuing the Grateful Dead concert experi-ence. Guests will have access to electrical, showers, and other camping necessities. PocahontasLive.comJune 26-August 2The Dixie Swim ClubSwift Creek Mill TheatreA comedy about growing old together five southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. SwiftCreekMill.comJuly 20Gordon LightfootCarpenter TheatreSinger-songwriter Gordon Lightfoot comes to Richmond to perform his iconic, Grammy-nominated song collection. His poetic journeys have been told with such songs as If You Could Read My Mind, Sundown, Early Morning Rain, Carefree Highway, and The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Lightfoots songwriting talent has led him from the 1960s coffeehouse scene in his native Canada to pop chart hits with his ground-breaking multi-platinum albums.RichmondCenterstage.comPHOTO COURTESY OF DIGITAL IMAGE HOUSEPHOTO COURTESY OF RICHMOND CENTER STAGEFLAVOR calendar of eventsRichmondNavigator.com 39Ju ly/August 201440 Chester f ie ld L iv ingWestchester Commons15809 WC Main StreetMidlothian, Virginia804.794.8500 theskicenter.comMon-Th 11-8 | Fri-Sat 11-9 | Sun 12-6SNOW. WAKE. LIFE SINCE 1996Robert Mayfield, MDM. Gina Glazier, MDLaurence Boyce, MDTiffany Orndorff, DOVivian Fernandez, MDGarrison Bennett, MDWilliam Morrissette, MDWilliam Morrissette, MDLaura Aisenber, MDLaura Aisenberg, MDL.R. Chisholm, MDBarbara Prillaman, MDJoseph Goddard, MDDavid Pruitt, MDJoseph Castro, DOJennifer Brown, MDDonald Sanders, MDJo Martin, MDChris Andrus, PAJohn Barnes, MDJohn Barnes, MDHerbert King, MDAmy Marshall, MDRussell Myers, MDJeffrey Greer, MDShelley Short, MDWestchester15769 WC Main StreetMidlothian, VA 23113804-419-9760Waterford3000 Watercove RoadMidlothian, VA 23112804-744-0200Village13332 Midlothian TrnpkeMidlothian, VA 23113804-744-5598Powhatan3510-A Anderson HwyPowhatan, VA 23139804-598-3100Over 120 Years of Service 4 Locations | 23 ProvidersRichmondNavigator.com 41Ju ly/August 2014Come see what Westchester Commons has to offer the community!15801 WC Main StreetMidlothian, VA 23113Outdoor Seating Available!Large Variety of Menu Options from Tacos and Burritos to Steak and SeafoodOpen for Lunch and DinnerVegetarian & Kids Meals Available804-897-1124PlazaAzteca.comCome socialize and enjoy the warm summer weather while listening to top-notch local musicians during our afternoon concert series. W ES TC HES TERC O N C ERT S ER IESFLAT ELVIS Songs representing every decade of popular music.SUNDAYJULY 20(Rain Date: 7/27)THE NORTHERNERS Mix the sentimental sounds of classic rock and roll with twists of modern folk and contemporary blues.SUNDAYJUNE 15(Rain Date: 6/22)One Local Concert, Three Local Bands and Craft Beer Fest-1-5pm on Main StreetSUNDAY*AUGUST 17(Rain Date: 8/24)3-5pm on the Village Green Westchester Commons Shopping Center Rt. 288 and Midlothian Tnpk.Many of the Main Street merchants will feature discounts and specials during their open house!Westchester Commons Shopping CenterRt 288 and Midlothian Tnpkwestchester-commons.netRichmondNavigator.com 42Ju ly/August 2014RichmondNavigator.com 43Ju ly/August 2014HomeCombine the basic element of life water with todays technology for a luxurious, revolutionary result. Let Summer Showers tempt you to bring these shower accessories into your own home. p.52Home is for family, and a wonderful new senior care option keeps Mom and Dad close while allowing their independence. p.45Use outside water features pools, spas, and ponds to create a cool retreat in your own back-yard. Home designer Vicki ONeil tells you how. p.5544 Chester f ie ld L iv ingSUMMER GOLF PACKAGEFree lunch for two & Free Bucket of Range Balls with purchase of two green fees with cartCart required. Not valid with any other special. Excludes holidays and tournaments.Limit 8 people. Expires 9/2/14With this adAGING AT HOME:New Options for Senior Careby Erin D. PittmanASSISTED LIVING and nursing facilities have new competition. Families wishing to offer their loved ones care at home now have better options in their own backyard. Freestanding modular units, affectionately called granny pods, and custom modular additions give families flexibility in living arrangements for aging family members. Though you may prefer to care for Mom or Dad at home, its likely that your residence is not handicap accessible, presents numerous fall hazards and does not allow for your parents privacy and independence. N2Care, PALS Built and Oakwood Homes are three leaders in the industry taking their own approaches to helping seniors age at home with family. PHOTO COURTESY OF MEDCOTTAGERichmondNavigator.com 45Ju ly/August 201446 West End 's Bes t46 Chester f ie ld L iv ingMEDCottageN2Cares MEDCottage homes are long-term portable care options for seniors, allowing for family-managed health care. N2Care offers three freestanding, temporary models in various sizes that empower families to keep their loved ones close in state-of-the-art healthcare settings. Each unit is outfitted to meet individual needs, though every unit is designed for accessibility from the ground up. Wide doorways, zero thresholds, runway floor lighting and grab bars make each MED-Cottage safe and easy to maneuver through. Additional features can include health monitoring, remote access to home controls, video surveillance and floors that reduce impact. We cater each MEDCottage to the individuals needs. This gives them the ability to control costs by only selecting the options they need, says N2Care CEO Ken Dupin.In Virginia, in order to place a freestanding unit on a homeowners property, a senior must have a physicians order stating that it is neces-sary. These orders must be renewed annually. When a family is fin-ished with a MEDCottage, they have the ability to resell and recoup much of their costs.Learn more at MedCottage.com.RIGHT: MEDCottage floor plan. 299 square feet. 21'9" x 13'9".PHOTO COURTESY OF MEDCOTTAGEPALS BuiltPALS Built in New England (PALSBuilt.com) became focused in this industry because of the aging-in-place trend. Eric Francis, Director of Operations, observed that people often only consider assisted living and nursing facilities and make quick decisions under stress. To address the aging-in-place trend, PALS Built places mostly permanent additions. We dont want to box anyone into a certain type of addition or product, says Francis. We dont come into a home and offer options to pick from. Instead, we do an analysis of the situation and provide individualized options.Whenever possible, they prefer to meet with everyone involved seniors, family members, physical therapists, nurses, etc. Oakwood HomesOakwood Homes of Glen Allen offers two solutions for aging at home modular additions and freestanding cottages, which often in-clude breezeways to the main home for easy access. Each project they work on is unique and tailored to the clients needs. All of our additions and cottages are completely customizable, says Sarah Odom, home consultant. They can be entirely ADA ac-cessible with wide doorways, low threshold showers, roll up counters and sinks, and even accessible ovens.Oakwood Homes meets with families to determine individual needs, and after permits are obtained, completes projects within about 60 to 90 days. Visit OakwoodHomesOfAshland.com for more information.PHOTO COURTESY OF MEDCOTTAGEPHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONWIDE LINE BY OAKWOOD HOMES OF GLEN ALLENPHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONWIDE LINE BY OAKWOOD HOMES OF GLEN ALLENRichmondNavigator.com 47Ju ly/August 201448 Chester f ie ld L iv ingVicki ONeal, ASID, CID, VSLD804.897.8558FormandFunctionllc.comFORM & FUNCTION LLCCreating and implementing functional, integrated, and harmonious Interior Design and Landscape Design solutions. From consultations to turn-key construction for projects large and small. FORM & FUNCTION, LLC turns your priorities and needs into creative designs for additions, renovations, new construction, outdoor living, and landscapes.HELPING YOU BUILD YOUR DREAMS! visit FormandFunctionllc.com for moreLandscape DesignInterior DesignRichmondNavigator.com 49Ju ly/August 2014AfterBeforeWHEN IT COMES TO INDOOR AIR QUALITY, Air Resolutions is a Richmond-area expert. This locally owned company offers a holistic approach to improving the air quality of homes that goes beyond equipment installation. Chris Joyner and Charlie Martin partnered to create Air Reso-lutions over 10 years ago with the goal of looking at homes dif-ferently. With strong backgrounds in the heating and air industry and passions for improving air quality, the owners set out to give Richmonders more.By beginning with a conversation and visual review of your home, the experts at Air Resolutions see your home as a system. While you may think that your A/C unit is your problem, its actually only one piece of the puzzle.Air ResolutionsMaking Your Home Healthier and More Efficient | By Erin D. PittmanAir Resolutions goals are to improve air quality, increase energy efficiency and offer peace of mind to homeowners. By viewing your home as a system, they determine overall home efficiency. One piece is improving mechanical items, but they also address other issues at the source. Joyner and Martin seek out and seal off moisture leaks in your home and ductwork and improve your crawl space and attic.On a windy day, even with a thick sweater, you may still be cold. But if you put on a light windbreaker, you feel much warmer, says Martin. The same principle applies to a home. When you air seal a home, you make the insulation more eff icient. Rather than sim-ply adding insulation, Air Resolutions places a heavy emphasis on air sealing.No matter how efficient your equipment is, youre trying to heat and cool the whole out-doors without air sealing, says Martin. Frequently, customers call Air Resolutions asking for air duct cleaning. Many systems cannot be cleaned because of the material they are made of, and cleaning alone will not fix the air quality issues. The ducts became dirty because they are leaky and are likely drawing air from a dirty crawlspace or dusty attic, explains Martin. Only sealing actually solves the problem.Air Resolutions takes a personal approach to each home. Following a visual review, they provide each homeowner with their improvement options. Breaking projects down allows homeowners to go step by step and make improvements as their budg-ets allow; its not an all-or-nothing deal.As indoor air quality concerns grow across the country, many homeowners are even incorporat-ing home energy audits into the buying process. When they schedule home inspections, they are also learning about the heating and cooling costs and energy efficiency of their prospective home. With Air Resolutions, a basic visual review is free of charge. Customers can opt for a more thorough diagnostic testing audit for a fee.Air Resolutions expert insta l lers have been with the company for years and del iver over-the-top customer ser v ice. They str ive to leave your home c leaner than when they arr ived. The company s A+ rat ing with the Better Business Bureau ex-hibits R ichmonders sat isfact ion with their ser v ices. To discover what Air Resolutions can do for your home, v isit a irresolutions.com or ca l l 804-887-0229 for your free est imate and consultat ion.HOME business spotlight50 Chester f ie ld L iv ingRichmondNavigator.com 51Ju ly/August 2014HOME business spotlightLOOKING FOR REPLACEMENT windows for your home? In all likelihood, you want the most durable, the most maintenance free, and the most attractive window you can buy, and at a reasonable price. Oh yeah, one more thing. You want to make sure that the work is done by true professionals, whom you can trust. Heres the solution. Call the folks at BNW Builders. Bruce Wiegan, owner of BNW, knows windows. Hes been professionally installing them for 25 years. Wiegan says, BNW Builders has become one of the most trusted companies in the Central Virginia area therefore we are held to the highest of standards. Wiegan goes on to say My philosophy is to continually do extensive research to ensure that my customers receive the highest quality products at the fairest possible price.why fiberglass?Explaining his decision to switch from vinyl to Infinitys Ultrex, Wiegan says, Ultrex is pultruded fiberglass, made of the same mate-rial from which glass is made. Vinyl and glass expand and contract at totally different rates, causing frequent shifting between a vinyl win-dows frame and glass. Ultrex and glass, however, expand and contract similarly, keeping the window weathertight and operat-ing smoothly. Having worked with the Infinity window since 2011, Wiegan says, The Infinity Ultrex fiberglass window is the most beautiful window that I have ever seen.The biggest issue faced by those who have chosen vinyl replace-ment windows is with the service, Wiegan says:With vinyl, youre going to have problems weather stripping, frames cracking, glass seal failures etc. no matter how good the installer is.While many readily acknowledge the superiority of fiberglass over vinyl, Wiegan warns consumers not to mistake other replace-ment window materials for fiberglass. Just because the trade name sounds like its fiberglass based, he says, doesnt make it so. He cites Fibrex, from Andersen Windows, which consists of vinyl and wood pulp, as an example. Even beyond the fiberglass, Wiegan says the Infinity window pro-vides so many features that make it superior. Its truly a phenomenal product, he says.Some of those other features involve the aesthetics, which are also of vital importance to homeowners. With Infinity replacement windows, theres no sacrifice when it comes to beauty. First, the windows allow for more glass space and thus more sunlight, and a better view. The standard soft white color is more natural than vinyl windows, fitting into a homes dcor better. Other exterior and interior colors are also available, including an optional EverWood material, which lets the homeowner stain the window to match existing wood finishes in the house. Other aesthetically pleasing options include various hardware finishes, more transparent screens, decorative glass, and grille styles. BNW Builders also offers the Infinity line of casement and glider windows, bow windows, bay windows, sliding doors, swinging doors, plus creative architectural options like round top and octagonal. Bottom line is, when you select Infinity Ultrex fiberglass replace-ment windows from BNW, you get it all. In addition to your beauti-ful, low-maintenance windows, which can effectively reduce your utility bills, you also get the expert craftsmanship offered by BNWs professional team.A lot of companies sell stuff that provides temporary fixes, Wiegan says. We offer permanent firstname.lastname@example.org | bnwbuilders.com | 804-346-3300Fiberglass : the clear choice in windowsAfter we replaced our windows with Infinity, our utility bill was so low the utility company came by our house because they were sure our meter was broken!-Randy & Lynn S. 52 Chester f ie ld L iv ingSHOWERING IS NO LONGER about getting a good ol wash down. These days, shower stalls have evolved into luxurious spaces with everything from wireless sound systems to pul-sating, floor-to-ceiling nozzles. Whether youre looking to refresh an outdated shower or planning the ultimate showering experience in a new space, its good to figure out what works best for you before getting started.The latest trends in showers definitely revolve around unique customization, says Travis Ro-telli, senior interior designer at the Kohler Design Center in Kohler, Wisconsin. From a drenching rainhead to a perfectly placed body spray, complemented by an adjustable hand shower, its really about understanding how the client wants to shower and what it is that will make their experience most enjoyable.Since showerheads moved out of the tub to occupy their own space, stalls have grown from little rectangular boxes into mini rooms with spa-like features. Now, in a reversal of roles, builders are getting requests to put the tub inside of the shower. Clients are asking for a glass-enclosed wet room for bathing and showering, says apartmenttherapy.com. This configuration has an airy, spa-like feel and look. It also takes up less space than designing separate tub and showering areas.When space is an issue, many homeowners are passing on tubs altogether and expanding their showers to make room for built-in and recessed shelving, body sprays, multiple showerheads and benches that entice you to sit and enjoy a spa-like experience.Roman and other open-plan showers designed without doors, walls or ledges to step over and a floor sloping toward the drain are also on the rise. While these are especially popular with those who use walkers or wheelchairs, they are making their way into some of the most luxurious homes.When putting the finishing touches on your shower area, tiling continues to be the most popu-lar choice for upscale homes. However, grout-free and non-porous solid surfaces, like those sold by Venetian Marble in Powhatan, are gaining momentum because they are easy to clean and keep mold and bacteria at bay.SUMMERSHOWERSby Tammie Wersinger / Photos Courtesy of KohlerRichmondNavigator.com 53Ju ly/August 2014While the type of stall is important, its the water delivery methods that affect our senses and make showering a therapeutic and relaxing experience. Multifunction showerheads deliver a range of intensities from pulsating blasts to gentle mists, while body sprayers target specific areas and can be built into a wall or strategically spaced on a pole within the shower. And, if you want the feeling of being drenched by a summer downpour, try a rain-style showerhead in-stalled above the shower to deliver heavy water drops from overhead. Finally, hand-held, massage-delivering nozzles work well when youre sitting on a bench or trying to get an overall clean. Steam showers are increasingly sought for their relaxing properties and their ability to remove toxins and impurities from the body. The steam control unit with added options like fragrance, music and lighting is usually installed in the wall.And, if you like singing in the shower, there are plenty of brands that can provide the accompaniments with waterproof speakers, installed in the wall or a showerhead. For example, Kohlers Moxie showerhead is a waterproof Bluetooth speaker, powered by a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, that nestles right in the middle of the nozzle, letting you wirelessly connect to your smartphone, tablet or laptop, Rotelli says.Another futuristic addition is Kohlers DTV: a digital showering platform that allows users to control water, sound, light and steam in the shower with a single electronic control. When it comes to luxury, you really cant beat the digital shower offerings that Kohler showcases, Rotelli adds. Whether your idea of showering includes a tricked-out open stall with all the bells and whistles or a quiet retreat with steam and mood lighting, theres something out there to make sure youre not only clean but drenched in the lap of luxury.The latest trends in showers definitely revolve around unique customization54 Chester f ie ld L iv ingTHERE IS SIMPLY NOTHING like the presence of wa-ter to metaphorically cool a scene. A water feature, wheth-er a pool, spa, or pond, instantly conjures a sense of relaxation and ease. Creating or enhancing an outdoor living environment to be centered around water is a wonderful way to maximize the enjoyment of your home and to integrate a personal or family retreat. These outdoor havens bring all the best together for entertaining, fitness, or pure leisure. A water feature can be as small as a container with a pump and spout or as elaborate as you can imagine and your budget can accommodate. WATER WAYS Photography, Design & Story by Vicki O'Neal, ASID, CID, VSLDVicki O'Neal , ow ner of FORM & F U NCTION, prov ides commerc ia l and res iden t ia l in ter ior and land scape des ig n . She i s a profess iona l member of A SID, VA Cer t i f ied In ter ior Des ig ner (CID) , Ma s ter Gardener , and a VA Cer t i f ied Land scape Des ig ner (VSLD) and a Hor t icu l t ur i s t .(804) 897-8558 FormAndFunctionLLC.comEnjoying the tranquil scene of a pond and perhaps the sound of a gentle waterfall or fountain can transform the stress of the day into an afterthought. RichmondNavigator.com 55Ju ly/August 201456 Chester f ie ld L iv ingPOOLSA quick plunge into a sparkling pool is one of the most refreshing things possible on a hot summer day. Just looking at an inviting pool speaks summer. When the pool is open, summer has officially arrived, along with carefree times and fun with friends and kids. How great when the pool is in your own backyard! Having your own pool is a great way for the family to spend more time together. Advances in technology and features have expanded pool offerings in recent years. Pools are of three basic types: gunite or concrete, fiberglass, and vinyl. Many pools are hybrids of the three. Pools may be in ground or above ground. If youre considering adding a pool, there are advantages and disadvantages with each. Careful evaluation of your preferences and requirements will help drive project decisions. Concrete, or gunite, was the conventional primary choice in the past and offers infinite possibilities in design flexibility and configura-tion. Gunite is the most labor intensive because it is completely built on site from scratch. Sophisticated options can enhance the overall ef-fect. Vanishing edge, fiber optic and LED lighting, laminar flow foun-tains, deck jets, and underwater music are a few of the possibilities. The installation process can be quite involved. Once the layout and details are finalized and permits are obtained, the hole is dug and shaped, steel rebar is installed, and, most often, the concrete shell is applied pneu-matically. To complete the pool, the shell requires an applied finish and installation of coping and tile around the perimeter of the pool. Its quite the process!Vinyl and fiberglass pools are quicker to install, less labor intensive, and therefore typically less expensive. A fiberglass pool comes to the site as a one-piece unit. Although choices are restricted to pre-manufactured shapes, many companies offer so many different configurations that shape limitation may not be an issue. There are many updated systems for cleaning, balancing, and filtra-tion, including new salt systems. Your pool contractor can advise and help sort through the options. For a budget reality check, a good rule of thumb is that the total cost of the completed project should not exceed 15 to 20 percent of the market value of your home. This number should include the cost of the surround-ing hardscape, which can be two to four times the cost of your pool. The choice of surface is very important because it has an impact on safety and can even affect pool maintenance. When considering a contractor, remember the relationship with this company may be ongoing. Always hire a licensed, insured, and experi-enced contractor. SPASImagine winding down after a hard day in the sheer relaxation, warmth, and comfort of your own soothing spa. Spas offer many therapeutic fringe benefits. Kit-packaged portable spas are the most popular, and current manufacturing advancements offer powerful spas with loads of bells and whistles. The incorporation of a spa into a pool setting is a great option for blending the two functions into a cohesive design. Custom gunite spas are the ultimate choice for plan flexibility and ease of integration with an in-ground pool. There are fewer features available, so the choice becomes a matter of the aesthetics you are trying to achieve and the relaxation experience you would like to create.PONDSEnjoying the tranquil scene of a pond, and perhaps the sound of a gentle waterfall or fountain, can transform the stress of the day into an after-thought. The beautiful wildlife habitats typically created around a pond also add to the peaceful, meditative setting and rich connection to nature. A quick plunge into a sparkling pool is one of the most refreshing things possible on a hot summer day. A quick and simple pond may be created with the use of a preformed or prefabricated shell. They do have limitations and vary in quality. If youre considering a larger pond, an EDPM (rubber) liner offers near lim-itless possibilities in configuration and design. The type of filtration and its setup have a major impact on maintenance. A UV sanitizer is an ef-ficient add-on that works in tandem with the filtration system to produce a clean pond and healthy environment. Ideally, the ecosystem created in a pond installation evolves over time into a well-balanced microcosm. The water, plants, fish, and filtra-tion system all work together to keep the system clean and trouble-free. The movement of water not only provides aeration and keeps mosquitoes in check, but also greatly adds to the overall ambiance and tranquility.Around the pond I installed a few years ago, wildlife is plentiful. Songbirds love to bathe in our small stream, and several frogs have taken up residence. Its almost as if they pose for us at night along a ledge near the waterfalls. Our underwater lighting shines along these ledges and lets us enjoy the nighttime entertainment of the koi. They know we are present and wait eagerly for a few morsels of food. Koi have specific needs for maintaining good health and require a larger and deeper pond. Large birds can be powerful fish predators, but weve discovered some simple deterrents that effectively solve that problem.SAFETY FIRSTThe incorporation of any water feature is always a safety risk, especially if you have young children, so never skimp on these details. There are very specific code requirements for pool settings, such as fencing, out-swinging and self-latching gates, and motion detectors at rear doors. Automatic pool covers offer maximum protection. Even filtration systems can be haz-ardous. Use of a pressure cleaner, not a suction cleaner, is a safer choice. As the saying goes, Its always better to be safe than sorry.THE BIG PICTUREIf youre considering the addition of a water element, the area incorpo-rating this new feature should be thought of as an integrated part of the landscape. In some cases, the entire scene will naturally be focused around the water feature because of its visual and energetic dominance. Most importantly, and to enhance year-round enjoyment, consider the setting in total as an extension of your interior by locating the water feature in an area that can be viewed from the inside. Transforming your site in this dramatic way is a big commitment. It is therefore important to take your time, conduct up-front research, consult with a professional, and ulti-mately arrive at a plan that brings you enjoyment for many years to come! Visit the FORM & FUNCTION Lifestyle blog by Vicki ONeal for more design ideas on water features, landscape design, and interior design. FORMandFUNCTIONllc.comImagine winding down after a hard day in the sheer relaxation, warmth, and comfort of your own soothing spa. A beautiful container with a pump and spout creates a tranquil water feature to accent any location. RichmondNavigator.com 57Ju ly/August 201458 Chester f ie ld L iv ingRichmondNavigator.com 59Ju ly/August 2014BEFORE LONG, it seems to be intuitive. Lean forward and pick up speed gently, lean back and slow down. Certainly Segway technology helps, but undoubtedly the dedicated train-ing course and patient instructors deserve much of the credit.The Sunday afternoon group and I began our experience at River City Segs with an instructional f ilm, followed by one-on-one training and practice time. Practice consists of winding through the turns, bumps, and gentle slopes on their indoor training course. It s the only Segway-specif ic training course in Virginia. After all, the business wants you to have fun, for sure, but they also want you to Always practice safe Segs ! When all of us felt comfortable on our Segway, we followed the guide out of River City Segs Shockoe Bottom location, down Grace Street, and on to our f irst tour stop. This given Sunday, the eight-mile historical tour took us through Shockoe Bottom to the f loodwall and Browns Island, up past Broad Street, through the Capitol grounds, and down to Lumpkins Slave Jail. I think of myself as fairly knowledgeable in Richmond history, but our guide surprised me with lots of tidbits and tales Id never heard. Besides enjoying the ride, my mind was engaged and active.River City Segs offers many entertaining and educational tour options: public art ; Hollywood Cemetery; Church Hill ; women in local history; black history; grisly, ghostly tales ; custom-made tours ; photo lessons ; and more. They also offer the River City Challenge, giving teams tasks to complete while gliding from point to point.Ours was a diverse group, from a 15-year-old to wizened adults, yet we all were entertained during the two-hour excursion. Wheth-er listening to historical tales or zipping along the sidewalks of the city, each rider was comfortable, safe, and entertained. Whats more, we all quickly felt competent on our 21st century wheels. I enjoy R ichmond and am a lways happy to learn more about the R iver Cit y. Now I know a zippy new way to enjoy my con-t inuing educat ion !1805 E. Grace St. | 804-343-6105 | RiverCitySegs.comOUTDOORS business spotlightBy Annie TobeyGliding Around Town on a River City Segs Tour60 Chester f ie ld L iv ing$1 Bowling on MondaysGames $1, Shoes $1/KingPinLanesMidlo200 N. Otterdale Road (right off Midlothian Turnpike) | 378-7838Visit us online for events & specialsGift cards also availableFriday & Saturday Cosmic BowlingGames $4.50, Shoes $3.25 3-Hour All-You-Can-Bowl $15 (Includes shoes, 7pm2am)Sunday$2 Games/Shoes, Food SpecialsYour Door to a Cool Summer Tripby Annie TobeyTHE QUAINT LITTLE PENINSULA is a watercolor of sparkling blue waters bordering towering bluffs, gentle green hills, and tiny towns. Its quiet beauty belies the savagery behind its name. Door County, jut-ting out from eastern Wisconsin, contains a string of little villages, with Lake Michigan to the east and Green Bay to the west. Though a rural retreat, Door County is well equipped to welcome tourists. Though tour-ism is its largest industry, there are no shades of tacky shops with mass-produced T-shirts and short-lived souvenirs. Instead, youll find refreshing outdoor activities, fine art and craft galleries, and symphony and theatre. I embraced a recent visit to this charming peninsula as a retreat from the busy city and an escape from the heat. PHOTO COURTESY OF JON JAROSH/DOOR COUNTY VISITOR BUREAURichmondNavigator.com 61Cana Island Lighthouse, located just north of Baileys Harbor in Door County, has been standing watch on the shore of lake Michi-gan for more than 140 years.62 Chester f ie ld L iv ingOutdoors in Door CountyWhile Virginia summer days can encourage air-conditioned retreats, the pleasant temperatures up in Wisconsin provide an ideal setting for out-door play, enhanced by the countys attention to creating and maintain-ing recreational opportunities: five state parks and 19 county parks, with miles of hiking and biking trails, boat access, campgrounds and wildlife sanctuaries. Bikers of all levels can enjoy the well-maintained trails at the state parks. Twelve miles of off-road bike trails traverse rugged, unsurfaced terrain at Peninsula State Park. Scenic, 35-mph speed-enforced country roads provide miles of routes for training, exercise or simply enjoying Door County beauty. Water activities beckon from Green Bay or Lake Michigan, launching from the countys 300 miles of shoreline and five inland lakes. On my sea kayak trip near Garrett Bay, I saw the skeleton of the Fleetwing, ship-wrecked in 1888, and Indian pictographs. I went parasailing, seeing from 350 feet above the water the sights Id seen on my earlier scenic cruise of Green Bay, floating effortlessly above the currents of Eagle Harbor. OUTDOOR RESOURCES Kayaking: KayakDoorCounty.com Scenic Boat Tours: FishCreekScenicBoatTours.com Parasailing: ParasailRides.comCulinary DiversionsTo fully appreciate Door County and Wisconsin flavor, youll want to have plenty of local cherries, cheese, cheese curds, beer, wine, and whitefish.To experience native traditions, a fish boil is a must, though not neces-sarily a romp in culinary heaven. This Scandanavian-based cooking presenta-tion has been a part of Door County heritage for over 100 years. The one-pot meal is prepared over open flames in a fire ring, with potatoes, onions, and chunks of white fish. When kerosene is added to the fire at the end of the process, a thick column of flames encircles the pot and the water boils over, like a big orange dragon bursting from the ground, roaring as he spews nasty black smoke skyward. This is your dinner, lifted from the fire ring and served with lots of butter, rye bread, coleslaw, and cherry pie.ALL PHOTOS ON THIS PAGE ARE COURTESY OF JON JAROSH/DOOR COUNTY VISITOR BUREAUPeninsula State Park Sunset Bike TrailRichmondNavigator.com 63Ju ly/August 2014Tart and healthful Montmorency cherries are a local specialty, mak-ing Door County the fourth largest producer of cherries in the U.S. and setting the stage for a plethora of cherry products throughout the area: pie and other desserts, jams and sauces, and beer and wine. The season begins in July and extends several weeks thereafter.Cheese is of course a Wisconsin specialty and commonly shows up on Door County menus as cheese curds. The soft curds, a result of the cheese-making process, may be served fried and with a ranch dipping sauce.With seven wineries, Door County has the most of any Wisconsin county, with tours and tastings, all open year round. At Lautenbachs Orchard, Country Winery & Market, you can taste the wines and enjoy their fresh produce as well. DINING OPTIONS Shipwrecked Restaurant and Brewery: Local beer and bar food with a regional bent. ShipwreckedMicroBrew.com The Cookery in Fish Creek: Fresh, regional produce, meat and fish creatively prepared, organic and green. CookeryFishCreek.com Wild Tomato Wood-Fired Pizza and Grille: Community-activist, sustainable attitude, using fresh local ingredients in Wild specialty pizzas. WildTomatoPizza.com Bistro 42: Semi-casual setting with fine-dining presentation and exotic foods that somehow strike the balance between light, not filling and heavy, with an abundance of taste. BistroFortyTwo.comLumberjacks and Art Like many rural counties with exceptional scenery plus tourism and trade, Door County has experienced the muse effect. Galleries, museums, and working studios are scattered throughout the county, with painters, potters, sculptors, and crafters. At the American Folklore Theatre (folkloretheatre.com), profes-sional actors and musicians perform original musicals that were written specifically to celebrate the life and history of the region. In the rotating stock of shows are inside jokes that the locals will especially appreciate, like lumberjacks and cherries, but an open-minded outsider will not fail to enjoy the local color as it highlights the show. Summer performances (mid-June through August) take place under a pine canopy at Peninsula State Park with a background of crickets, frogs, birds and sometimes rumbling thunder. OTHER VISUAL AND PERFORMING ART VENUES Birch Creek Music Performance Center: Classical and jazz concerts from mid-June through mid-August. BirchCreek.org Peninsula Players Theatre: Professional classic and contemporary produc-tions from mid-June through mid-October. PeninsulaPlayers.com Woodwalk Gallery: Contemporary art gallery housed in an 1890s barn, with Friday night concerts of acoustic artists from mid-June through early September. WoodwalkGallery.com Edgewood Orchard Galleries: Open May through October, it took my breath away. In addition to the paintings, glass, jewelry, and other art work, inside the 1918 restored fruit barn is a wooded sculpture garden of outdoor art. All work was available for purchase, and most of it I wanted to take home. EdgewoodOrchard.com If youre still curious about the savagery of a seemingly innocuous name, Door County is named for Porte des Morts Deaths Door for the hazards that seafarers met at the tip of the peninsula. To the summer tourist, though, it could instead be named for Porte la Paix Door to Peace.PHOTO BY TODD DACQUISTOPHOTO COURTESY OF JON JAROSH/DOOR COUNTY VISITOR BUREAUPHOTO BY LEN VILLANOShipwrecked Restaurant and BreweryPick your own cherries at Orchard Country Winery & MarketRichmondNavigator.com 64Ju ly/August 2014RichmondNavigator.com 65Ju ly/August 2014RichmondNavigator.com 66Ju ly/August 2014A8 SeriesThe Model of Choice for Training Campwww.plamorpools.comRichmondNavigator.com 67Ju ly/August 2014RichmondNavigator.com 68Ju ly/August 2014